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CFP: Critiquing Humanism (Deadline May 15, 2016)

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Monday, May 2, 2016 - 8:20am
Sanglap: Journal of Literary and Cultural Inquiry Vol 3 No 1

The recent refugee crisis in Europe has brought to the fore the pressing aspects of the precarious nature of human life. This is not a sudden crisis as scholars have traced its historical roots with the exploits of "Western" capitalism, imperialism, environment, and war on terror. Such engagement has also given us different politico-philosophical points of analysis of the condition: for instance, the rise of terms such as "precariat," "new subaltern," "precarity" (Guy Standing; Simon During), the debates on "Anthropocene" and "capitalocene" (Dipesh Chakraborty; Jason W Moore), or the interest in neuro-biological or communal human affects (Catherine Malabou; Judith Butler). Added to such is the challenge of the machines and objects in our daily life.

SLSA 2016 – Creating Accounts of Creative Bodies: the Narrative Work of Fertility

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Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 9:57pm
Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA)

Babies perform a lot of narrative work. George Eliot's Middlemarch narrator playfully quips that "where there was a baby, things were right enough," and that "error, in general, was a mere lack of that central poising force," and this is often as true for narratives themselves as for the characters therein. Babies often serve as forces of disruption or normatization in literary texts, and this panel seeks to explore the narrative work that the (pro)creative and (pro)created bodies of mothers and babies perform. This panel seeks to situate the creative work of female reproduction in the context of its narrative creation, taking seriously the textual creation and performance of fertility in literary texts.

PAMLA 2016: Western American Literature (abstract: 6/10/16; conference: 11/11-11/13/2016)

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Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 7:07pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA)

This special session will feature papers on all aspects of cinema, drama, prose, and poetry of the American West. We welcome proposals that explore, problematize, and/or redefine the West as a construct that emerges throughout various forms of representation.

Proposals attending to the conference theme "Archives, Libraries, Properties" are especially welcome.

PAMLA 2016: Mid-Twentieth Century Poetry (abstract: 6/10/16; conference: 11/11-11/13/2016)

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Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 6:55pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA)

This session, co-sponsored by the Robert Lowell Society, is looking for any papers dealing with mid-twentieth century poets or poetry, including papers exploring the works of Robert Lowell, Elizabeth Bishop, Randall Jarrell, Charles Olson, Sylvia Plath, John Berryman, Gwendolyn Brooks, Robert Creeley, Mitsuye Yamada, Allen Ginsberg, Frank O'Hara, Anne Sexton, or John Ashbery.

Proposals attending to the conference theme "Archives, Libraries, Properties" are especially welcome.

PAMLA 2016: Disney and Its Worlds (abstract: 6/10/16; conference: 11/11-11/13/2016)

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Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 5:50pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA)

From the Frankfurt School to contemporary cultural studies, the social ramifications of Disney movies and theme parks, and their cultural penumbra, have long provided rich terrain for critical scholarly analysis. This panel explores the discursive, literary, filmic, and historical dimensions of the Disney phenomenon in both the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Papers that draw upon the rich canon of scholarship on Disney and engage with its cultural effects through critical theory, spatial or historical analysis, Feminist methodologies, or close reading strategies are particularly encouraged.

Proposals attending to the conference theme "Archives, Libraries, Properties" are especially welcome.

PAMLA 2016: 21st Century Literature (abstract: 6/10/16; conference: 11/11-11/13/2016)

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Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 5:46pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA)

This special session will examine literature of various genres and cultural contexts from the first fifteen years of the 21st century, with consideration of emergent definitions of our current literary era.

Proposals attending to the conference theme "Archives, Libraries, Properties" are especially welcome.

Submit proposals of roughly 500 words as well as a 50-word abstract by June 10, 2016. Proposals must be submitted through the PAMLA online system: http://www.pamla.org/node/add/proposal.

Beyond the Spine: Experimental Poetics and Form (abstract: 6/10/16; conference: 11/11-11/13/2016)

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Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 5:38pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA)

This panel invites examinations and analysis of poetic form and content beyond the page: interactive constructions, poetry postcards, accordion/folded page books, tarot pack books, diaorama/shadow box poem, and more: all these re-form both the poem and the reader. We ask, "is form never more than an extension of content"? - See more at: http://www.pamla.org/2016/topics/beyond-spine-experimental-poetics-and-f...

Proposals attending to the conference theme "Archives, Libraries, Properties" are especially welcome.

PAMLA 2016: Children's Literature (abstract: 6/10/16; conference: 11/11-11/13/2016)

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Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 5:23pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA)

This session is open to papers dealing with any aspect of children's literature. This year, however, we are particularly interested in papers dealing with children's books and book production, the transformaiton of the children's book, the children's book as work of art, children's books by authors mostly known for adult literature, or children's literature and the family.

Submit proposals of roughly 500 words as well as a 50-word abstract by June 10, 2016. Proposals must be submitted through the PAMLA online system: http://www.pamla.org/node/add/proposal.

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